Dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Usage trends
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Scope and severity
Though little is known about the trends of DMT in particular, several studies have tracked the use of hallucinogens in the United States.
Between 1991 and 1996, the percentage of Americans who had used hallucinogens at least once in their lives grew from 6% to 14%. In 2000, approximately one million Americans — representing 0.4% of the population aged 12 and older — were current users of hallucinogens. Current users are those individuals who have used the substance at least once in the previous 30 days.
Age, ethnic, and gender trends
In the 1990s, the rise in hallucinogen use coincided with the growth of “raves,” underground dance parties that cater to those under age 21. A rave is a large party where participants often dance all night to very loud “house music,” which is characterized by technically synthesized rhythms of 120-180 beats per minute. Raves primarily attract a middle-income audience, often high school and college students.
In a survey of drug treatment programs across the United States, counselors reported that hallucinogen consumption is part of an extensive drug use history for most youths in treatment. Rarely do counselors see adolescents who abuse only hallucinogens such as DMT. Instead, adolescents use a variety of drugs, although alcohol, marijuana, and hallucinogens (particularly LSD) are the most frequently abused substances.
The systemic violence often associated with the trafficking of heroin and cocaine has not been found with hallucinogen trafficking. This may be due in part to the observation that hallucinogens are relatively inexpensive, domestically produced, and not part of a network of distributors battling over territory or markets.